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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

James R. Moran

PhD, University of Wisconsin


  • cultural identity among urban American Indians
  • preventing alcohol use and abuse among American Indian youth and families
  • the economics of poverty and discrimination


Professor Jim Moran's research interests include the prevention of alcohol use and abuse among American Indian youth. An enrolled member of the Little Shell Chippewa tribe, he is an active participant in Denver's American Indian community.

Moran previously conducted a National Institutes of Health-funded demonstration project in the Denver Public Schools that provided American Indian youth with cognitive and educational interventions to prevent substance abuse, and he subsequently was funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to extend that work with American Indian families.

Moran served as GSSW's associate dean for research and doctoral studies from 1993 to 1996, research director from 1996 to 1998, and director of the doctoral program from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2009, Moran served as the University's vice provost for Graduate Studies and Research. He also served as interim associate provost for Multicultural Excellence during the 2010-2011 academic year.

At GSSW, Moran is renewing his research on cultural identity among urban American Indians and on assisting Indian agencies to increase service to this population.